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ARTIST | CHOREOGRAPHER | EDUCATOR 

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Makayla Church Rosenberger is a dance artist, choreographer, and educator who enjoys engaging in interdisciplinary and collaborative art making. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is trained in a variety of dance forms and has experience teaching students of all ages in public school, private studio, and community center settings.

 

Makayla is well versed in both ballet and classical modern dance forms. She trained with Ruth Andrian and Lee Duveneck while studying at Paul Taylor American Modern Dance through workshops, university residency, and intensives. Throughout her undergraduate studies she studied both Horton and Graham techniques from Rachel Tucker and Kim Jones respectively. While in Charlotte, Makayla had the opportunity to perform in Suite Otis, a restaged Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater repertory piece by George Fasion.

 

Her choreographic projects have been funded by various arts councils and have premiered in academic, professional, and self-produced settings. Examples of these opportunities include Texas Woman’s University DanceMakers (2023), Looseleaves Showcase of Charlotte, NC (2019, 2021), and Thursday Night at the PAAC (2024) supported by the Greater Denton Arts Council (GDAC). In her work with GDAC she has collaborated with a composer and dancer to create a multi-medium evening of performance work that included a series of acrylic pour paintings and original musical compositions.  

 

As an educator Makayla holds a community-centered perspective. In the summer of 2022 she curated and facilitated the first Ashe Arts Contemporary Dance Festival, funded by the Jane Lonon Legacy Grant (NC). This included two weeks of free classes for dancers ranging from toddler to senior adult and culminated in a concert including local and visiting artists. In 2019, she created a new dance program at Hopewell High School (NC) and was a co-author in the K-12 Dance Curriculum Guide for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

 

Makayla is currently a Master of Fine Arts in Dance candidate at Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX, where she works as the Recruitment Coordinator and Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Division of Dance.

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